My degree is in Education so I taught high school for years. The school district I'd just moved my family halfway across the country to work for suddenly had money issues, and guess who had the lowest seniority?
This was the early 90's, so not everyone had PCs at home, so after school that day I was in the library printing out resumes (because fuck them). There are students there working on papers and stuff. I go to the printer, and there's one of my Computer Science students waiting for something. We chat a little bit, then I pick up my stack and he looks and says "Those are resumes." He suddenly gets this look of realization and says "You're not quitting, are you?"
I said, "Oh no, nothing like that."
He's like "Oh, okay, because... What, they're firing you?! They can't do that! You're the best teacher in this school, ask anybody!" and he actually starts looking around, as though trying to find someone to back him up on this. Apparently I was one of the more popular teachers, but that doesn't matter in education. The only that matters is seniority and tenure, and I had neither at this school. He says "You have to talk to my dad."
I'm thinking maybe his dad is on the Board of Education, or something. Turns out his dad is the head of HR at one of the larger companies in the area. I hand my student one of the resumes, and asked if he could give it to his dad. I had two versions of the resume, one for teaching and one that played up my experience as a programmer and my A.S. in computer science.
I got a call the next day to come in for some screening tests. I was eventually offered an entry-level programming position 5K/year higher than the best offer I could find teaching, and I now make more than I ever could have made in education, even with the 20+ years of seniority I'd have by now, because I was in the wrong place at the right time.